How Can I Get Tested For Diabetes?

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You’ll need to get your blood sugar tested to find out for sure if you have prediabetes or type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. Testing is simple, and results are usually available quickly. Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, and Prediabetes Your doctor will have you take one or more of the following blood tests to confirm the diagnosis: A1C Test This measures your average blood sugar level over the past 2 or 3 months. An A1C below 5.7% is normal, between 5.7 and 6.4% indicates you have prediabetes, and 6.5% or higher indicates you have diabetes. Fasting Blood Sugar Test This measures your blood sugar after an overnight fast (not eating). A fasting blood sugar level of 99 mg/dL or lower is normal, 100 to 125 mg/dL indicates you have prediabetes, and 126 mg/dL or higher indicates you have diabetes. Glucose Tolerance Test This measures your blood sugar before and after you drink a liquid that contains glucose. You’ll fast (not eat) overnight before the test and have your blood drawn to determine your fasting blood sugar level. Then you’ll drink the liquid and have your blood sugar level checked 1 hour, 2 hours, and possibly 3 hours afterward. At 2 hours, a blood sugar level o Continue reading >>

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  1. redsack10

    where to get diabetes testing with no insurance

    I am a 33 year old male. I currently think I may have diabetes but I have no insurance and am having problems findiing a testing site. I am currently layed off so I have no benefits. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can go. My symptoms are getting to the point where I feel I will pass out. I spend most of my time in the bathroom. Someone Please Help

  2. jwags

    You can get a cheap meter and strips at Walmart. Test your bg when you wake up after fasting overnight. If it is above 100 you need to see a doctor. I know the Cleveland Clinic has programs to help you with medical bills if you are uninsured. I'm not sure where you are but you could give them a call and ask. Also those minute clinics at CVS can do some very basic tests but eventually if you have diabetes you will have to be under a doctors care. In the Introduction forum section , David has put together some resources for uninsured and gives you lots of links. Hope you find some help.

  3. datty

    Self-diagnosis with a cheap meter is one thing but if you are indeed diabetic and experiencing severe symptoms then as Jeanne says you need to be under the care of a doctor anyway who can arrange the proper tests and prescribe medication, etc. I hope you can find one in your area.

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